It’s been one week since the roof collapsed of the famed Columbia, Maryland outdoor amphitheater Merriweather Post Pavilion. First hosting concerts in 1967, the venue was undergoing a $55 million improvement project that was expected to raise the roof by 20 feet to provide better sightlines from the facility’s lawn.
While the news of the damage to the roof is unfortunate, reportedly no one was injured and MPP representatives have said they expect the roof to be repaired in time for the start of the 2018 concert season. This week’s edition of Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist made up of live recordings that have been recorded over the storied history of shows staged at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
The Grateful Dead staged a number of concerts at MPP and the playlist begins with guitarist Jerry Garcia front his solo group the Jerry Garcia Band on September 1 and 2, 1989. The two-show Pure Jerry release featured a JGB lineup of keyboardist Melvin Seals, bassist John Kahn, drummer David Kemper and backing vocalists Jaclyn LaBranch and Gloria Jones. Some of the songs played by JGB are repeated at the end of the playlist via the all-star Dear Jerry concert held at Merriweather in 2015 in honor of Garcia.
Three songs from Jackson Browne’a breakout 1977 album Running On Empty, including the title track, were recorded live at MPP and are included in the set. There’s also a 1999 Hot Tuna show featuring the legendary Jefferson Airplane band mates Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. The collection also includes a performance by Phish, who opened their 2010 show at Merriweather Post Pavilion with “Walfredo,” their instrument-switching original that name-drops the historic venue, and released the Summer Tour two set show as part of their Live Phish downloads series.
Here’s hoping Merriweather Post is up and running soon. Give a listen to the live at MPP playlist below: